Bipolar Quotes: Famous and Eloquent Words on Having Bipolar Disorder

bipolar quotes 03 imgBipolar quotes”, is the name I am giving to this collection of wise words on the experience of bipolar disorder from famous people that have bipolar disorder, and authors with bipolar disorder who have written poignant accounts of their struggles and successes while dealing with this mental illness.  Whether you have bipolar disorder or are involved in loving someone with bipolar disorder, these bipolar quotes will make you realize you are not alone, and put words to many experiences you are familiar with.

Bipolar Disorder Definition

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric illness classified as a mood disorder, characterized by cycling between episodes of depression (lows) and episodes of mania (highs), often with periods of “normal” or “baseline” mood in between.  In this article, I will use bipolar quotes to explain symptoms of depression, mania and other effects of bipolar disorder, the difference between bipolar 1 and 2, the chaos that can result from being bipolar, relationships, and trying to maintain a healthy partnership, and other issues that people with bipolar disorder face.  Instead of using my own words, I will let the bipolar quotes speak for themselves.

Bipolar Quotes On Depression:

“Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed…no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re ‘not at all like yourself but will be soon,’ but you know you won’t.”  Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

“I am the girl you see in the photograph from some party someplace or some picnic in the park, the one who is in fact soon to be gone. When you look at the picture again, I want to assure you, I will no longer be there. I will be erased from history, like a traitor in the Soviet Union. Because with every day that goes by, I feel myself becoming more and more invisible…”  Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

Bipolar Quotes On Mania:

“Madness [Mania] is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.” – Voltaire

“When I am high I couldn’t worry about money of I tried. So I don’t. The money will come from from somewhere; I am entitled; God will provide. Credit cards are disastrous, personal checks worse. Unfortunately, for manics anyway, mania is a natural extension of the economy.” – Kay Redfield Jamison

“A very common symptom in maniacal conditions is erotic excitement… up to the extreme of salacity, when the mind is wholly occupied by the urgent sexual appetite, and all restraint is abandoned.” – Daniel Hack Tuke 

Bipolar Quotes on Relationships:

“I love having a boyfriend, but I need to be secure on my own first.”  Demi Lovato

“I just wanna make you better, I think I can save you, but I think I’m bipolar, I love you, then I hate you, grew of disdain, though I hate whoever ain’t you.”  Wade

Bipolar Quotes on the Difference Between Bipolar 1 and 2:

“I like to call bipolar the ‘Diet Coke’ of bipolar.  That’s how I view bipolar II: one calorie short of bipolar I. Those with bipolar II experience the same symptoms as persons with Bipolar II, just not to the extreme. For example, when I get manic, I don’t hallucinate. I may not even seem manic to a person who doesn’t know me well. I might talk a little faster, have more energy, and, in general, feel much more confident than I would if I were not manic.”  Therese J. Bochard

“Depression is a painfully slow, crashing death. Mania is the other extreme, a wild roller coaster run off its tracks, an eight ball of coke cut with speed. It’s fun and it’s frightening as hell. Some patients – bipolar type I – experience both extremes; other – bipolar type II – suffer depression almost exclusively.”  David Lovelace, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

Bipolar Quotes on Lithium, Bipolar, and Other Medications: 

“I know that without treatment I would not have never been able to harness my creativity in such a successful way.”  Patty Duke

“I finally came to terms with manic depression and lithium. I’ve taken lithium regularly for the past few years and have had no further bouts with manic depression.”  Charley Pride

“I’m fine, but I’m bipolar. I’m on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I’m never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It’s like being a diabetic.”  Carrie Fisher

The last of the bipolar quotes that I have chosen to share is particularly important:

Suicide is what the death certificate says when one dies of depression.”  Peter D. Kramer

The rate of suicide is higher among patients with bipolar disorder than that of any other mental illness.  15 – 20% of individuals with bipolar disorder, particularly those who go without treatment, commit suicide successfully.  Therefore, if you are reading these quotes and saying “I think I’m bipolar”, or believe that someone you care about may have bipolar disorder, it is incredibly important for you or that person to see a psychiatrist and begin treatment.  The sooner that you begin treatment for any mental illness, the better the outcome will be.  Patty Duke said, “I know that without treatment I never would have been able to harness my creativity in such a successful way.”  With treatment, you can live a successful, productive, and relatively “normal” life.  And who knows – you might even make an addition to the annals of bipolar quotes!

Originally posted 2013-01-11 13:01:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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